Ozil ducks questions on retirement ahead of Arsenal pre-season friendlies

first_imgArsenal’s Mesut Ozil avoided any talk of the controversy surrounding his retirement from international football as the German midfielder opted to focus on the club’s pre-season friendly tournament in Singapore on Wednesday.The 29-year-old quit the national side on Sunday citing “racism and disrespect” due to his Turkish roots as key to the decision after he was singled out for criticism when Germany bombed out of the recent World Cup in the group stages.Making his first public appearance since his retirement statement triggered a bad-tempered debate in Germany about relations with its largest immigrant community, Ozil was all smiles at a fan event in Singapore.Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan slams ‘racist’ treatment of Mesut Ozil”It’s very exciting to be in Singapore. It’s our second time here and we really enjoy coming,” Ozil told a gathering of Arsenal fans a day ahead of a friendly against Atletico Madrid at the National Stadium. They also play Paris St Germain on Sunday.Ozil’s Turkish hometown switches street signArsenal open the new Premier League campaign with a home fixture against champions Manchester City on Aug. 12.”We are expecting good matches against Paris St Germain and Atletico Madrid. They are great teams with great players, it’s a test for us to get ready for the new season, so it’s something to look forward to.”READ – Mesut Ozil’s agent slams Bayern Munich president for ‘pointless’ remarksOzil was also criticised for meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May, where the pair were photographed holding up an Arsenal shirt, and he has yet to comment on his retirement since he announced it through social media.advertisementREAD – German government defends Turkish integration after Ozil’s racism chargeErdogan, who was campaigning for re-election when the photo was taken, has drawn criticism in Germany for a crackdown following a coup attempt in 2016, with the President responding in kind.READ – Mesut Ozil does not deserve to be in German team, says Bayern Munich bossOzil’s announcement that he would no longer play for Germany came amid a political debate about an influx of 1.6 million migrants in the past four years that has fuelled a far-right resurgence and weakened support for traditional parties.Born to Turkish parents in Germany’s Gelsenkirchen city, Ozil has earned 92 caps for Germany, scoring 23 goals since his debut in 2009.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Chinese Grand Prix 2019: Lewis Hamilton wins F1’s 1000th race

first_imgLewis Hamilton of Mercedes won Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, beating teammate and pole sitter Valtteri Bottas with a quicker start from his No. 2 spot on the grid. It was his sixth victory in the Shanghai race.Hamilton, the five-time and defending champion, led for the entire race after the quick start for his 75th career victory. It also moved him into the lead in the overall standings after three races.The next is in two weeks in Baku, Azerbaijan.Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari was third ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc of Ferrari.”The start is really what made the difference,” Hamilton said. “And after that it was kind of history.”Wins the landmark 1000th F1 raceVictory for the second Grand Prix in a rowGoes to the top of the championship standingsNot a bad Sunday for @LewisHamilton #ChineseGP #Race1000 pic.twitter.com/84Roskji6q Formula 1 (@F1) April 14, 2019Mercedes has won the first three races – two for Hamilton and one for Bottas – despite early hints this season that Ferrari had more flat-out speed.”You can see it is still very close between us all,” Hamilton said. “We have no idea how the next race is going to turn out.”Bottas acknowledged he was done in by his slow start, with Hamilton racing ahead out of the first turn and then running out front for the entire 56 laps.’I think I lost it in the start, honestly,” Bottas said. “It’s a shame about the start. It’s small details, but it’s early days in the season. But we’ve done three perfect weekends so far.”advertisementLeclerc upset over Ferrar’s orderThe 21-year-old Leclerc of Monaco was clearly upset early in the race when his Ferrari team ordered him to let Vettel pass. Vettel was in fourth at the time and Leclerc was third.”Let Sebastian by. Let Sebastian by,” the team radio told Leclerc. He replied, clearly irritated: “But I’m pulling away” as he backed off and watched Vettel pass.Ferrari team head Mattia Binotto told reporters earlier in the week that preference would be given to the four-time champion Vettel over Leclerc. At least early in the season.”If there is any 50-50 situation where we need to take a decision, the advantage would have been given to Sebastian, simply because Sebastian has got most of the experience,” Binotto said.Despite benefiting from team orders, Vettel was not thrilled with his finishing position.”I’m happy to be on the podium,” he said. “It’s tough. We tried to stick with them. But we just couldn’t. They were too quick right from the start.”Hamilton has 68 points after three races followed by Bottas (62), Verstappen (39), Vettel (37) and Leclerc (36).The race was billed as the 1,000th in Formula One history dating from the first race in 1950 at the Silverstone circuit in England. That was won on May 13 by Guiseppe Farina in an Alfa Romeo.Also Read | Kimi Raikkonen says Formula One has become a bit of a hobbyAlso See:last_img read more

City ready to walk away from Alexis Sánchez deal amid United interest

first_imgArsenal Arsène Wenger accepts Sánchez will leave Arsenal either now or in summer Manchester City have indicated that they are ready to walk away from negotiations to sign Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez as José Mourinho admitted he is interested in adding the Chile forward to his Manchester United squad.Having come close to signing Sánchez in the summer, City had felt that a deal to secure the arrival of the 29-year-old in the January transfer window was imminent after they agreed personal terms with his representatives over a contract worth £13m a season. Share on Facebook Topics Read more Manchester United A verbal offer of £20m was lodged last week, with City informing their Arsenal counterparts that they were unwilling to raise their offer despite being informed it would take a £35m bid to make the move happen this month.However, after United indicated on Thursday that they were willing to offer Sánchez higher wages and pay £25m to bring him to Old Trafford, their neighbours have warned they will not be held to ransom for a player whose contract at the Emirates expires in June. It is understood that the Premier League leaders feel the overall price including transfer fee, wages and agent costs are too high, with City unconcerned that their stance may cause Sánchez to sign for another club in the meantime.That appears to have opened the door for United, with Mourinho admitting on Friday he would be interested in what he described as a “phenomenal player”.“At the general level what I can say is myself and Manchester United board, owners, we don’t believe a lot in the January market, we don’t believe in signing a player just to sign a player,” Mourinho said. “What we believe really is there are some players in the football world if you have the chance to sign them in January, March or July, you have to try and that’s it.“But in relation to Alexis Sánchez I don’t say a word. The only word I can say is he is a phenomenal player, apart from that an Arsenal player and I feel I shouldn’t say much more than this. I don’t think it’s – I don’t know, ethical or correct – to be speaking about players of other clubs. If somebody speaks of one of my players to say they are interested, I wouldn’t be very happy. Sánchez is an Arsenal player. I don’t know but probably this weekend he is going to defend Arsenal colours, so I don’t think it’s correct to say things about Alexis Sánchez.”City agreed a £60m deal with Arsenal in August, only for the transfer to collapse when Arsène Wenger failed to complete a move for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar on deadline day. Wenger admitted on Friday that he was unsure whether the player signed from Barcelona in 2014 would still be at the club next month but insisted Sánchez would not be allowed to leave unless they secure a replacement.City had been convinced of Sánchez’s desire to work with Pep Guardiola again and were prepared to wait until the summer to sign him if necessary until a knee injury suffered by Gabriel Jesus on New Year’s Eve appeared to alter their plans. Yet with the Brazil striker now expected to be back in training within three weeks, there is less urgency to add to the squad this month.Guardiola, whose City side travel to Anfield to face fourth-placed Liverpool on Sunday looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League this season to 23 matches, refused to discuss any move for Sánchez.“I understand completely this question, I understand you are doing your job, but you know my answer,” he said. “I am not going [to speak about it]. I’m focused on Liverpool, believe me. Alexis – everyone knows how good he is, but I am not going to answer about Alexis or other players.” Share on Pinterest Pep Guardiola Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content news Arsène Wenger Share on Twitter Manchester City Share on WhatsApp Share on Messengerlast_img read more

7 days agoTakefusa Kubo: Why I chose Real Madrid over PSG, Barcelona

first_imgTakefusa Kubo: Why I chose Real Madrid over PSG, Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTakefusa Kubo says he’s happy with his choice of joining Real Madrid.The Japan international is currently on-loan with Real Mallorca.He told Marca: “Why did I choose Real Madrid when Barça and PSG followed me? “I really liked Real Madrid’s sporting intentions, the plan they had for me for the next few years, what they thought for me in the future. “Real Madrid demanded me with a lot of insistence. That convinced me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

FMC Asking for More Info on TSA Proposal

first_imgzoom The US Federal Commission plans to request additional information from the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) parties, as confirmed by Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission, William P. Doyle on Wednesday.The Commission voted 3 to 2 to request more information on the plans.The TSA parties proposed an amendment to permanently include the westbound trans-Pacific trade as part of the TSA. TSA previously filed an amendment seeking a 24-month trial period to expand the geographic scope of TSA to include westbound trans-Pacific trade. That 24-month trial period began on April 14, 2013.The Commissioner said that he would take this opportunity to address the separate issue of port congestion.“I believe it is time that the ocean carriers do their part and find ways to assist in eliminating port congestion. As has been pointed out by many industry stakeholders, the actions of the carriers have in part led to where we are today. Certainly, adding congestion surcharge fees on cargo to and from West Coast ports is not helpful. I appreciate that many carriers are stepping back and reconsidering the surcharge,” he went on to say.According to Commissioner Doyle,  the carriers have forced ports around the world to react to their business model of building larger and larger vessels.“Five years ago, 8,000 TEU vessels calling on ports in the U.S. was an uncommon event. Today vessels of up to 14,000 TEU of capacity are calling on the U.S. West Coast,” Doyle said.Figures show that these large vessels regularly generate 5,000 container moves per vessel call, reaching up to 8,000 to 10,000 container moves.“This large volume places a severe strain on terminal resources. With containers stacked higher due to congestion, dockworkers are forced to dig through stacks to retrieve boxes. In the U.S., ports are spending tens of billions of dollars upgrading their ports in anticipation of larger vessels. The larger ships have come onto the market quicker than the ports can react by way of construction and upgrading, thereby, significantly exacerbating port congestion by unloading ever larger volumes of containers,” the Commissioner pointed out. “I believe the ocean carriers should not be adding surcharges for port congestion under any circumstance now or into the foreseeable future for imports or exports. Indeed, the ocean carriers have a substantial hand in the formation of port congestion matters as identified above,” the Commissioner went on to say, adding that things will get better over time as the supply chain adjusts to the ongoing changes in ocean transportation.Triggered by FMC’s decision to revise the announced congestion surcharges for cargo moving via U.S. West Coast ports, that was supposed to enter into effect on November 17, 2014, a number of ocean carriers decided to suspend the surcharges.Press Release; Image: Port of Los Angeleslast_img read more

Belgium France Asked to Remove Tax Exemptions for Ports

first_imgzoom The European Commission has asked Belgium and France to abolish the corporate tax exemptions granted to their ports, so as to align their tax regime with EU state aid rules. In Belgium, a number of sea and inland waterway ports, notably the ports of Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Charleroi, Ghent, Liège, Namur and Ostend, as well as along the canals in Hainaut Province and Flanders, are exempt under Belgian law from the general corporate income tax regime.These ports are subject to a different tax regime, with a different taxable base and tax rates, resulting in an overall lower level of taxation for Belgian ports as compared to other companies in Belgium.Most French ports, notably the 11 “grands ports maritimes” of Bordeaux, Dunkerque, La Rochelle, Le Havre, Marseille, Nantes-Saint-Nazaire, Rouen, Guadeloupe, Guyane, Martinique and Réunion, as well as the Port autonome de Paris, and ports operated by chambers of industry and commerce, are fully exempt from corporate income tax under French law.The Commission said it considers that the corporate tax exemptions granted to Belgian and French ports “provide them with a selective advantage, in breach of EU state aid rules.”Belgium and France now have until the end of 2017 to take the necessary steps to remove the tax exemption in order to ensure that all ports are subject to the same corporate taxation rules as other companies from January 1, 2018.last_img read more

Budget 20162017 Investments in Cape Breton

first_imgCape Bretoners will benefit from investments to keep families safe, improve roads, and help new Nova Scotians in Budget 2016-2017. “Our work and the sacrifices made by all Nova Scotians make the investments in today’s budget possible,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey. “This budget demonstrates what is possible when we stick to a plan and work together to build a stronger Nova Scotia.” Measures in Budget 2016-2017 for Cape Breton include: continuing the innovative Domestic Violence Court in Sydney, which helps keep victims and their families safe and intervenes with offenders to change their behaviour support funding for groups welcoming refugees funding for community facility projects English as a second language training to newcomers through the Teaching Immigrants English program funding for major sport and cultural events continued funding for sustainable transportation upgrading and rehabilitation of the Canso Causeway swing bridge in 2016-2017 upgrading and repaving of the Cabot Trail from 1.2 kilometres north of Route 312 intersection northerly for 6.2 km in 2016-2017 upgrading and repaving Trunk 4 from 1.8 kilometres west of Corbetts Cove Road west to the Canal Bridge in St. Peter’s 6.2 km in 2016-2017 immigration funding to New Dawn Enterprises to work directly with immigrants settling in Cape Breton access to the New Building Canada Fund multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, enhancing care for all Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians Budget 2016-2017 projects a $127.4 million surplus. The surplus includes a one-time revenue increase of $110.3 million in 2016-2017 because of federal and municipal contributions for the new convention centre. The $110.3 million will go towards the debt to provide the fiscal capacity to launch a multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The budget’s net position is a $17.1 million surplus. Revenue for 2016-2017 is an estimated $10.3 billion, a 3.5 per cent increase from 2015-2016. Expenses are an estimated $10.1 billion, an increase of 1.2 per cent from 2015-2016. Government will invest $480.8 million in roads, schools, health care and public infrastructure in 2016-2017. For more information about the 2016-2017 provincial budget, visit www.novascotia.ca/budget .last_img read more

Weapon charge withdrawn against killer Paul Bernardo ahead of parole hearing

first_imgNAPANEE, Ont. – A minor weapon charge against notorious killer and serial rapist Paul Bernardo was withdrawn on Friday almost two weeks before an expected parole hearing at which the dangerous offender will plead for release having spent more than 25 years behind bars, most in solitary confinement.The prosecution said there was no reasonable prospect of convicting Bernardo of having a “shank” in his maximum-security cell — a five-centimetre deck screw attached to a ballpoint pen his lawyer suggested was planted either by other inmates or guards.“As you know, he’s reviled not by just people out of jail but by people in jail,” Fergus (Chip) O’Connor said outside court. “He had no knowledge of it being there. There were many opportunities for many other people to have placed it there.”Dressed in a blue T-shirt, Bernardo watched the short Ontario court proceedings via video link. He showed little outward emotion and politely answered brief questions as O’Connor began making what will likely be his parole pitch.His client, he said, has been of good behaviour in “very hard conditions of confinement” and has the support of his “loving parents,” who visit him regularly. Bernardo, O’Connor said, has made a “determined effort not to make up for what he’s done — for that can never be done — but to improve himself.”Also known as the “Scarborough rapist,” the now 54-year-old Bernardo was convicted in 1995 of the first-degree murders of two teen girls and numerous sexual assaults. He was labelled a dangerous offender and was not eligible for parole until he had served 25 years since his arrest in southern Ontario in early 1993.Despite becoming eligible for day parole in February, he has never been out, spending almost all his time in protective custody or solitary confinement at an institution in Bath, Ont.Self-described activist Linda Beaudoin, of Mississauga, Ont., arrived at the courthouse hoping the prisoner would be there to see the placards she had attached to her car. Bernardo, she said, should not be in protective custody.“Why should we protect these child rapists and child killers? Why?” Beaudoin said. “There’s no protection for victims. None. So we need to deter future criminals from doing these sorts of things.”O’Connor said Bernardo has been paying for his “horrific” crimes, and the parole board will have to look at what has happened since his client’s arrest in early 1993.“Their decision will be not how much he should suffer, but does he present a risk,” O’Connor said. “The rule of law must prevail. The issue is not just desserts, the issue is risk.”Bernardo’s sadistic sex crimes, some of which he videotaped, sparked widespread terror and revulsion.He kidnapped, tortured and killed Leslie Mahaffy, 14, of Burlington, Ont., in June 1991 at his home in Port Dalhousie, Ont., before dismembering her body, encasing her remains in cement and discarding them in a nearby lake. He tortured and killed Kristen French, 15, of St. Catharines, Ont., in April 1992 after keeping her captive for three days.Bernardo’s then-wife, Karla Homolka, was complicit. In return for testifying against him, she served 12 years until 2005 after pleading guilty to manslaughter in what critics branded as a “deal with the devil.” Homolka is now a mother herself, and last year it was revealed she had been volunteering at a Montreal-area elementary school, prompting it to revise its policies.Bernardo, who admitted to raping 14 other women, was later convicted of manslaughter in the December 1990 death of Homolka’s younger sister, Tammy. The 15-year-old girl died after the pair drugged her and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious. Homolka would later say she wanted to give Tammy’s virginity to Bernardo for Christmas.Despite the terrible crimes, O’Connor said Bernardo was realistic about his prospects of gaining parole after his hearing on Oct. 17. Bernardo takes responsibility and has worked on his self-improvement and his self-awareness, the lawyer said.“He’s as horrified as you and I are at what he did. The fact is he has over the 25 years experienced personal growth, he has at times seemed to blame others, burdened down by his own guilt,” O’Connor said outside court. “I expect that he will take full responsibility, express remorse, and he appears to be sincere in that.”last_img read more

Government asks Supreme Court for urgent stay of solitary confinement ruling

first_imgTORONTO — The federal government is asking the Supreme Court for an urgent stay of a ruling that declared administrative segregation unconstitutional. The practice allows authorities to isolate inmates who pose a safety risk to themselves or others.However, it is due to become illegal on Tuesday.An Ontario judge struck down the law on the practice in December 2017 because of a lack of meaningful oversight.The judge put his ruling on hold for one year to give the government time to fix the broken system.The Court of Appeal recently extended the stay until next week but warned there would be no more extensions.The Canadian Presslast_img

Ahead of Ivorian legislative polls UN envoy warns on sexual violence

26 November 2011The envoy spearheading United Nations efforts to eradicate sexual violence in conflict today urged the Government and all political leaders in Cote d’Ivoire to speak out against the scourge and ensure it is not used to intimidate people ahead of critical legislative elections slated to take place next month. Margot Wallstrom, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, issued a statement after an official visit to Cote d’Ivoire, during which she met with top Government ministers, senior police officials, the chairman of the national truth and reconciliation commission and many survivors of sexual violence.She noted that sexual violence was used as a tool of political intimidation during last year’s presidential elections, which were won by Alassane Ouattara. The runner-up and incumbent Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down in the wake of the result, leading to months of deadly clashes until Mr. Gbagbo was eventually ousted and arrested this year.Legislative elections, the first polls to be held since the post-electoral crisis, are scheduled to be held on 11 December.In her statement Ms. Wallstrom called on the Government to “translate its promise to fight impunity for crimes of sexual violence into concrete action. In light of the upcoming? [elections], I call on all people in positions of influence to speak up against the use of sexual violence as a tool of political intimidation and to do their utmost to put in place measures to prevent sexual violence from being employed to this effect.”She stressed that “much more” is needed to assist survivors of sexual violence in Cote d’Ivoire, particularly in ensuring they have access to justice and helping them reintegrating into society. Cote read more

UN expert panel calls for tight controls on asbestos deadly pesticides

The recommendations, published today by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome, called for adding five additional forms of potentially cancer-causing asbestos to the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure of the Rotterdam Convention along with the pesticides DNOC, parathion, a severely hazardous pesticide mixture of benomyl, thiram and carbofuran, and the two additives.The Rotterdam Convention was adopted in 1998 under the auspices of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the FAO as a response to increasing awareness of the health and environment risks associated with hazardous chemicals. In some cases, these chemicals can be used safely in developed countries, but not in developing countries, where access to protective equipment may be limited.One form of asbestos, once widely used as insulation for houses and specialized equipment but now banned in many countries since its tiny fibres can cause cancer, other illnesses, and death when inhaled into the lungs, is already on the PIC list. The recommendation to add the five additional forms was triggered by bans to protect human health in Australia, Chile and the European Union (EU).DNOC, an insecticide, weed killer and fungicide that is highly toxic to humans and poses a high risk to other organisms was included in the recommendations following bans in Peru and the EU. The review of the benomyl-thiram-carbofuran mixture was initiated by Senegal following thousands of reported cases of poisoning with fevers, chest and abdominal pains, vomiting, insomnia and a number of deaths.The review of parathion, which can cause nausea, diarrhoea, blurred vision, and, in severe cases, respiratory depression, convulsions and death, was triggered by bans in the EU and Australia. Tetraethyl and tetramethyl lead are used as additives in petrol; lead poses a serious health risk particularly to children. The recommendations will be discussed by the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee of the Rotterdam Convention on PIC, which meeting in Geneva from 17 to 21 November. If adopted, these chemicals will become subject to the Prior Informed Consent procedure. Listen to UN Radio report read more

Eleven arrests in Co Clare as gardaí probe illegal money lending

first_imgSIX WOMEN AND five men have been arrested in Co. Clare in connection with illegal money lending.Gardaí say the arrests were made following a number of searches carried out in the Kilrush area at about 7am this morning.The arrests include five males aged between 18-55 years and six females aged between 20-49 years.The searches targeted a number of premises including including private and business premises and involved local gardaí assisted by several other units including the Criminal Assets Bureau as well as other officials from Revenue and the Department of Social Protection.Gardaí say investigations into unlawful money lending have been ongoing for several months and are focused on various individuals  after a number of complaints were made by members of the public.All those arrested are detained at various garda stations in Co Clare, Limerick and Galway and can be held for up for 24 hoursRead: The number of people jailed for illegal money-lending since 2005? Zero >last_img read more

La navette Atlantis sest amarrée à lISS avec succès

first_imgLa navette Atlantis s’est amarrée à l’ISS avec succèsFloride, États-Unis – La navette Atlantis a réussi son amarrage à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) dimanche dernier. A 14h28 GMT, la navette américaine Atlantis parvenait à s’amarrer à l’ISS, avec six astronautes à son bord. La vitesse d’exécution des manœuvres est impressionnante : Atlantis, tout comme l’ISS, se déplaçaient à plus de 28.000 km/h.Il s’agit du 32e et en principe dernier voyage d’Atlantis. Cette dernière mission durera douze jours, dont sept durant lesquels la navette sera amarrée et livrera à l’ISS 12 tonnes d’équipement, six batteries, des vivres et permettra de mettre en œuvre différentes expériences scientifiques.La première sortie des astronautes est prévue aujourd’hui afin d’installer les six batteries. Ainsi, la construction de l’ISS sera quasiment achevée. Deux derniers lancements de navette sont prévus par les États-Unis : celui de Discovery en septembre prochain et celui d’Endeavour un mois plus tard. Après ces deux ultimes lancers, les missions de la Nasa requérant l’envoi d’astronautes sur l’ISS dépendront des Soyouz russes jusqu’en 2015. Le 17 mai 2010 à 10:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

711 NXT Highlights Tag Team Title main event Kairi Sane and Adam

first_img WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Facebook Google+ Twitter NXT Highlights from the July 11, 2018 episode. Kairi Sane vs. Vanessa BorneAdam Cole vs. Danny BurchTommaso Ciampa attacks Aleister Black.@ProjectCiampa just unleashed a surprise attack on the #WWENXT Champion @WWEAleister backstage! pic.twitter.com/5bzUxX3z6q— WWE (@WWE) July 12, 2018Shayna Baszler and Candice LeRae have a confrontation#WWENXT Women’s Champion @QoSBaszler messed with @CandiceLeRae on the WRONG day… pic.twitter.com/F99qcuE5zr— WWE (@WWE) July 12, 2018Dakota Kai and Lacey Evans set up a match for next week.@DakotaKai_WWE is DONE with @LaceyEvansWWE’s trash talk and wants the #LadyofNXT to prove herself in the ring! #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/I20xD0AZ3O— WWE (@WWE) July 12, 2018center_img NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Pinterest WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Vancouver man in court in child sex abuse case

first_imgUPDATE: This case was exonerated in Clark County Superior Court and sent to Kittitas County, according to court records.___________________________________________________________________________________________________A Vancouver man who allegedly sexually abused a 5-year-old girl, whom he knows, and produced child pornography appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court.Bryen K. Baldwin, 31, faces allegations of first-degree possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, first-degree rape of a child and sexual exploitation of a minor.The alleged abuse was reported by the girl’s mother April 9, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Investigators with the Vancouver Police Department’s Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit later served a search warrant at Baldwin’s Vancouver residence and seized his cellphone, which was used to take photos of the abuse. Detectives found 13 images of child pornography associated with the abuse, the affidavit states.During his hearing, Judge John Fairgrieve set Baldwin’s bail at $150,000. He will be arraigned May 3, court records show.last_img read more

A swing and a prayer at Jazz Vespers

first_imgEvery day, the Rev. Amy Cox lamented, the news seems to get worse. Every day, another story about racism, environmental degradation, sexual assault, other random outrages.“The list is long and depressing,” Cox said, but you still can’t bury your head like an ostrich. “As a Christian, I am called to heal this world.”But there’s nothing wrong with recharging your batteries with some prayerful beauty, she said — and so much the better if it swings.“We need the beautiful sounds of these people,” she said as the band took a break. “We need these sounds to fill us back up. I’m starting to fill up. That’s why we go to Jazz Vespers.”Jazz Vespers at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is “one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets,” said Kathleen Brown, a member of the congregation, but that may be changing now. Last month, the group at the core of Jazz Vespers, the Mike Horsfall Trio, released a new CD featuring some of the Portland area’s top jazz talents as special guests. One of those guests joined the trio for a powerful and moving performance Feb. 2 at St. Luke’s.Singer Marilyn Keller delivered soulful renditions of jazz standards and gospel singalongs like “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the black national anthem; she even sang a thoughtful pop classic from 1986 about social ills and prejudice, Bruce Hornsby’s “The Way It is,” with its exhortation: “Some things don’t ever change? … Don’t you believe it.”last_img read more

Kapil Sharma reveals why he married late and the reason is shocking

first_imgKapil Sharma and wife GinniinstagramThe Kapil Sharma Show, which is one of the top television shows, always manages to leave millions of its audience worldwide in splits with its clean and tongue-in-cheek humour. There is no doubt that a lot goes into to be able to make people laugh and Kapil has definitely struggled a lot to reach such a position where he is known as the king of comedy.And in a recently shot episode, Kapil opened up about the struggles he had to go through while making a career choice. He also spoke about the reason why he married late while shooting the episode with three hasya-kavis – Anjum Rahbar, Arun Gemini and Pradeep Chaube.While talking to the artists, Kapil revealed to the audience that he used to get rejected for marriage as people thought that one can’t earn a livelihood by making people laugh. “Whenever I used to go to see a girl, her parents asked me about my career to which I replied saying that I am a comedian. I have always got weird replies like, ‘being a comedian is fine, but what do you do to earn money?’ And this was the reason I have always been rejected for marriages as everybody thought this art of mine cannot make me earn bread and butter for my family,” Kapil mentioned on the show, BollywoodLife reported.To this, Arun Gemini hilariously added, “Even my mother-in-law till date asks me what to tell her relatives about my career. She still cannot digest the fact that her son-in-law earns through his mere art of poetry writing.” The episode will be aired soon.Although late, Kapil is now happily married to Ginni Chatrath after dating for a few years. The couple got hitched in Amritsar in December 2018.last_img read more

Apples App Store revenue is set to surpass global box office revenues

first_imgApple set to hire from Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay this year [Representational Image]ReutersiPhone-maker Apple’s revenue from its App Store is expected to surpass the Global Box Office revenues this year, according to a prediction by Asymco analyst Horace Dediu.Dediu’s prediction suggests people will spend $100 million per day on apps by the end of 2018 as the app economy is growing rapidly at present. The growth rates also suggest the iOS (iPhone operating system) economy is set to achieve the half-trillion revenue target in 2019.”I have made comparisons before with the app business being bigger than the film industry and much bigger than the music industry. This was considering Android revenues and iOS combined as app revenues,” Dediu wrote in the report.”As of this year the App Store alone will overtake Global Box Office revenues,” he added.The report came after Apple’s record-breaking announcement of app sales in the holiday season. Apple had earlier said customers around the world spent $300 million in purchases made on New Year’s Day 2018.The number of users who downloaded apps from the App Store reportedly reached a record high, and they spent more than $890 million during the week starting on Christmas Eve.”We are thrilled with the reaction to the new App Store and to see so many customers discovering and enjoying new apps and games,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of Worldwide Marketing.”In 2017 alone, iOS developers earned $26.5 billion — more than a 30 percent increase over 2016,” he added. ‘Pay Once and Play’ could replace the Freemium barrier..AppleDediu also pointed out that total spend on apps is only a part of the story. Many giant companies like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tencent, Youtube, Pandora, Netflix, Amazon and Google offer free apps which also expectedly generate significant revenue.However, Dediu also found that by weight of users and their propensity to engage customers, iOS dominates about 50-60 percent of the mobile economic activity.Last year, Apple also appointed Khushboo Ponwar as the market development lead for focusing on the growth of App Store in India, sending out strong signals that the country has a huge potential to contribute to the growth of Apple Store downloads.last_img read more

You Can Virtually Try on Sneakers With This Cool App

first_img Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 Finding the right shoe isn’t easy, however, Wanna Kicks is here to help: It’s a 3D augmented reality app that allows you to virtually try on sneakers wherever you are.The free app, which is only available for iOS right now, is like having a high-tech sales associate: Sneakerheads can search for all different types of kicks, instantly try them on with their smartphones, and buy them. Unlike other apps, Wanna Kicks enables you to try on sneakers first, so you’ll get to avoid inconvenient online returns and store trips.Here’s how it works: Wannaby, the company that created Wanna Kicks, uses a combination of AR, computer vision, and rendering technology to help you achieve the right sneaker fit. Just download the app, browse different types of shoes, including Puma Creepers and Yeezys, virtually “try on” pairs with the app’s AR tech and your smartphone camera, and click “find in store” to purchase sneakers.Another cool feature of the app is that you can try on shoes in different locations. The app adapts to different settings, such as room lighting, so you’ll know if a pair of sneakers will look good at the gym or your favorite brunch spot. The app also considers what outfits you’re wearing, so you can easily see how sneakers will coordinate with your wardrobe.Wannaby didn’t disclose if Wanna Kicks will be available for other mobile operating systems, including Android. But, you can download the Wanna Kicks app from the Apple App Store. To learn more about Wanna Kick’s AR technology, visit Wannaby’s company website.More on Geek.com:Nike Is Designing Self-Lacing Sneakers That Will Only Cost $350 Stellar Sneakers: Vans Launches NASA ‘Space Voyager’ CollectionVersace Designer Teases Apple Computer-Inspired Sneakers Stay on targetlast_img read more

Cavusoglu impossible to reach solution within UN parameters Update 1

first_imgTurkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the failure of the Crans-Montans talks showed the impossibility of reaching a settlement within the parameters of the UN’s Good Offices Mission and there was “No use in insisting on them”.In a series of tweets after the marathon working dinner ended in the early hours, Cavusoglu said it was important to maintain and increase stability on island and in region.“We will continue efforts for a settlement within different parameters,” he said. Crans-Montana, he added had “unfortunately not produced any results”. “Turkey was very constructive but no agreement could be reached.”Asked about the strategy to be followed from now on, the Turkish minister said the situation would be evaluated both by the Turkish president and prime minister.Asked about the attitude of the Greek Cypriot side, he said unfortunately on the issue of guarantees and the troops, the ‘zero guarantees zero army’, he did not see any change coming from the Greek side. “Therefore, the full withdrawal of Turkish troops from the island and the elimination of Turkish guarantees was not an approach that could be accepted by either the Turkish Cypriot side nor by us,” he said.Cavusoglu said that from the start, Turkey had said this was the last conference and it had been the UN secretary-general who had called a halt because he could see no light at the end of the tunnel.“What will happen from now and what steps we will take, as I said earlier, we as Turkey will make our assessments and consult with the TRNC and will make the decision together,” he added.The  Cyprus News Agency said that according to reliable sources, there was no result because of Turkey`s insistence on retaining the guarantees and on maintaining Turkish troops on the island.On the guarantees and the right to intervention, Ankara wanted a review of the presence of troops in 15 years and not withdrawal, CNA saidOn the territorial level, the Turkish side would only accept the return of part of Morphou to the Greek Cypriot constituent state, in an agreed federal solution.Furthermore, Turkey wanted any agreement reached to become primary law of the EU while it insisted on equal treatment of Turks in Cyprus with Greeks residing on the island after a political settlement. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img